My POST: so in Pyeongtaek, there is an army base. and about 20 min car ride from Pyeongtaek, there is an army base in Osan. Not just any army base, but U.S. army bases. Why are there so many fuckin U.S. army bases?
Apparently, Osan is having a festival for 2 days this weekend (Sat/Sun), where American soldiers and there families and the Korean community in that city come together and celebrate their relationship…
They are about 40min drive from one another and one is an Army base and one is an Air Force base. The US Army and Air Force have very little to do with each other, which is why it makes no difference how close they are, they don’t really work together.
Festivals like the one mentioned are important, especially for soldiers, because most Americans who are stationed in South Korea really,really don’t want to be here. They hate while they are stationed here for their required year and then they get out as soon as they can.
The US has been in Korea for around 50 years, since the Korean War, the bases operate under the SOFA agreement with the Korean government.